Naturalistic to the point of intrusion, Rohmer's typically relaxed, conversational film, tackles weighty themes such as depression, alienation & anxiety, but in a way so subtly communicated that the pain & yearning felt by his character is almost missed. Marie Rivière is the woman unable to connect to the people around her, but so deeply connected to the natural world that it overwhelms her at every turn. Astounding.
As a Capricorn I heavily relate to wallowing in my summertime sadness because I’m too stubborn to put any real effort into meeting anybody. Fortunately Delphine meets a hot dude with a great jaw, and that’s all you can hope for in this lonely world where summers are insufferable! That green ray I want it.
Unfortunately so so real. I know a lot of people like Delphine. To have it all (the freedom and money to travel, a great health and shape and even live in Paris (!)) but to lose it all because of an inexplicable fear and the inability to put things back into perspective. I hope one day something or someone will be able to turn her feelings around. (If not, I'd be happy to take care of her apartment along the Seine.)
In a pleasantly libertine Europe, where young strangers can just nod at one another by the beach and strike up plans for the evening, a painfully withdrawn young woman holds out for a rare chance at meaningful chemistry. The film is almost documentary-like, both in its offhand dialogue and supporting characters and in its relentless scrutiny of our heroine, who's resolutely herself. A triumph for Rohmer.
A film about feeling disconnected even though being amidst people with good intentions who are incapable of truly listening or understanding, about desparate attempts to rediscover oneself through holidays during which one meets people but feels not less alone. A realistic exploration of the introverted, but lost mind, presented in an aesthetically pleasing film that makes you feel you're on vacation. A masterpiece.